September 10, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

1 – Broadway Returns

An incredible insight to how the theater came back and the energy that is to come as we move forward. Which show is first on your list? 

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2 – Broadway Advocacy Coalition

Our friends at Broadway Advocacy Coalition have been doing incredible work for the Broadway community for over 5 years now. Find out how they continue to make change – and how you can too.

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3 – Waitress House Record

It really only takes a taste! In case you were worried if people would come back to Broadway . . . or if you were worried that a vaccine mandate would stunt sales . . . take a look at this.


4 – Tonys Preview

The countdown is on! In just a few weeks we will (finally) be celebrating the 2020 Tony Awards. Need a refresher on who’s on the ballot? Take a look below and then let me know what your predictions are.


5 – Lin-Manuel Miranda + Bernadette Peters

It’s not everyday we get to hear the greats talking to each other about what they do best. Take a look at what Lin-Manuel Miranda and Bernadette Peters have to say about their careers and legacies below.

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Fun on a Friday: 

Check out the first trailer for Diana, filmed live on stage for Netflix.

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Podcast Episode #247: My Revised Look At What Broadway’s Recovery Will Look Like






Things have changed since May of 2020.

Shoot, things have changed since yesterday!

But since May of 2020, when I first posted my “What The Broadway Recovery Will Look Like” series? Well, dang it, can any of you have imagined that we’d only have one Broadway show running a year later?

Not me. Not me.

Now that we’ve been through the great theatrical drought of 2020 (thanks, Covid!), I thought it was time to revise my prediction.

Because, in case I didn’t mention it. Things have ch-ch-ch-changed.

If you click here, you’ll see that last May, on this very blog, I predicted a “fishing hook recovery”, as opposed to a V-shaped or U-shaped recovery.

So what has changed? Listen to this episode to find out!

My reaction to the vaccination and mask mandate at Broadway shows.

If you haven’t heard, Broadway announced that if you want to see a Broadway show this fall, you need proof of vaccination AND a mask.

My reaction?

Best seen in this post on Instagram.



Podcast Episode #245: The Best Advice I Received At The Start of the Broadway Shutdown






At the beginning of the pandemic, I called everyone I knew for advice. I’m talking big time theater people, as well as big time business people.

I got amazing advice. And it reminded me how important it was to ask for advice from others who are at places in their lives where you want to be. (And not just from a business “producer’s perspective” . . . but from a family perspective, a health perspective, a spiritual perspective, and more.)

One of the best pieces of advice I got was . . . “Ken, the people and companies who are going to come out of this ahead are the ones who are going to make use of this time.”


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August 6, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

1 – NYC Announces Vaccine Mandate for Indoor Activities

I told you New York would follow the cultural lead! Following The Broadway League’s earlier announcement, NYC has just announced that all workers and customers for indoor activities must be vaccinated. Read more about the parameters below.

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2 – Write Out! Award Announced

Founded by Donja R. Love and funded by Billy Porter and GLAAD, the Write It Out! Prize will be annually awarded to playwrights living with HIV. The groundbreaking prize includes both artistic AND financial support. Big thanks to Donja, Billy, and GLAAD for this opportunity. Find more details about the application process below, then send this blog to a theatermaker who should apply.

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3 – Ensuring Broadway Stays Open

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the last 17 months (or longer) trying to make theater happen in this new normal. But you’ve probably been wondering what everyone else is doing, too. Well wonder no more! Check out how Pass Over on Broadway and Bruce Springsteen have been preparing for Broadway’s full reopening.

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4 – Shanta Thake at Lincoln Center

Major congratulations are in order as Shanta Thake takes over as Lincoln Center‘s Chief Artistic Officer! I cannot wait to see where she takes the organization. Read more about her career and new position below.

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5 – Sunset Boulevard Documentary

A new documentary focusing on the first Broadway staging of Sunset Boulevard is coming our way. Could we see more theater documentaries in our future? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Fun on a Friday:

Watch the first curtain speech from Cody Renard Richard at Wednesday’s opening of Pass Over. And with that. . . Broadway is officially BACK!

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